The Syrian army fired tank blasts in a Damascus suburb early Friday and Islamist rebels attacked a military base in the country's north, violating a four-day ceasefire for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday hours after it began. The level of the violence, however, dropped considerably as the truce, brokered by United Nations-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, began Friday. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad has promised to hold its fire but warned it would retaliate against "terrorists." Islamist militants have rejected the deal, and the U.N. has no way to monitor or enforce it.
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